Groundcherry and Goldenberry Project

Welcome to the Groundcherry and Goldenberry Project!

“The Physalis Improvement Project”

The genus Physalis is part of the Solanaceae family (also home to the well-known tomato and potato) and is home to the edible species of peruviana and pruinosa. These species are commonly referred to as groundcherry and goldenberry as well as many other regional names. Plants produce small edible fruits that range from sweet to tart with a variety of unique flavors. This project aims to further explore the cultivation of peruviana and pruinosa in New York state and gauge potential for local food systems. The Physalis Improvement Project is led by the Van Eck research group and is made possible through funding from The Triad and National Science Foundations.

Project Goals

  • Gather information from stakeholders involved in the production and consumption of Physalis
  • Use information gathered for crop improvement
  • Heighten the visibility of Physalis as a specialty crop in New York State

Meet the Project Team

Pictured: Nathan Reem, Esperanza Shenstone, Kerry Swartwood, Joyce Van Eck

The Physalis Improvement Project is led by members of the Van Eck reseach group at BTI.

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Physalis Fossils

How old is the genus Physalis? Check out the article below to read about tomatillo fossils discovered early last year in Patagonia, Argentina. This discovery marks the earliest findings of the Solanaceae family to date. South American fossil tomatillos show...

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Physalis Germination

It’s been 11 days since we planted our Physalis seeds here at BTI, and as of yesterday we are starting to see the first signs of germination. This is right on track as we expect Physalis seeds to take anywhere from 7-14 days to germinate (and maybe even longer!). It...

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